Date a Geek: Dustin Kerstein of Grand St.

Due to the controversial popularity of our How to Date a Geek Girl and How to Date a Geek Guy guides, we have decided to introduce a new special column featuring real life single geeks. This week, we have interviewed our colleague Dustin Kerstein of Grand St.



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Dustin Kerstein

Tell us a bit about yourself (Age, hometown, what you do for a living):

I’m 28 years old and grew up outside of Boston. I spent a few years back in Boston after graduating from RPI working at a financial technology company, but really wanted to try something new. I ended up on the coast of Maine this past summer helping a small group of sailors and boat builders run their new website. It was a tough summer to beat – lots of sailing, taking photos, and helping some great people. Sometime in August, a good friend gave me a call and told me about a project he was working on. Two weeks later I was in NYC. I am now in charge of finding new products at grandst.com and managing producer relationships, and I also get to do all of the product photos. A mix of two very different but awesome jobs.

What makes you a geek?

I’ve always been very critical of products/software, and constantly am thinking of ways to do something better. Once I get attached to an idea, I tend to get sucked in. It’s even earned a nickname – Dusto-vision. Sometimes a good thing, sometimes not.

Android, iOS, or other?

iOS for now. I value the simplicity in iOS that allows me to just enjoy the functions that need to just work – Mail, Text, Phone, Calendar, Tasks, Internet, and Music. Years ago I would have gone for Android given its emphasis on customization, but now I prefer to just use my phone as efficiently as possible. The less time on my phone the better.

Your favorite comic book hero and why?

Hmm. Tough call between Batman and Ironman, but I’d have to probably side with Batman for the gadgets, the great back story, and the dark expansiveness of Gotham City.

I think it would be a blast to sit down with Einstein and talk about normal life interactions

What gadget can’t you live without?

These days it’s probably my iPhone. I don’t love being so damn dependent on it, but it’s just more capable than any other gadget I own by miles. I love my camera, but there really is no comparison.

What is the last book or ebook that you read?

I’m almost through 1984 (my first time) but it’s been slow going. The only time I end up finding time to read is on the train. I’ll get through it eventually. Loving it so far – scary world.

If you could meet anyone (living or dead) for lunch who would it be and why?

I think it would be a blast to sit down with Einstein and talk about normal life interactions, religion, women, sports, technology… Such an incredible mind, but also a fascinating human.

What do you look for in a girl? And does she need to be a geek too?

A desire to take advantage of everything the world offers. Routines scare me. I get a bit restless. So a desire to travel is definitely required. I don’t think I’d go out of my way to look for a geek, but it would be kind of fun. I think as long I don’t have to explain how to turn the TV on, I’ll be fine.